4 More Mistakes to Avoid when Packing for a Move
Packing’s not rocket science, but people tend to make certain common mistakes when going about this. Once you know what these errors are, you’ll be better equipped to avoid them. Let’s have another look at some of these mistakes.
As the introduction stated, packing’s not a rocket science by any means. However, this doesn’t mean that you can get away with not doing the research due. Refer to expert packing and loading tips online, and pay attention to professional guidelines in order to pack properly.
You’re going to cause damage to your items if you dump all the contents of a shelf or drawer into a box together. Make sure to categorize your items, and pack only similar boxes together. For example, if you pack heavy items like books together with more fragile things like glassware, you run the risk of the glassware getting damaged. Pack the books separately from the glassware.
Now, overfilling a box is just bad packing, considering how that can leave the box more likely to burst open and spill its contents, or to crush other boxes. However, even as you ensure that the box isn’t being overburdened, it’s just as important to pay attention to any empty spaces in the box. Be mindful of the overall weight of each box, but at the same time, make sure items don’t have space between them. Empty space can cause the contents of a box to shift with movement, which could potentially cause damage to the items. While packing, fill the boxes while keeping in mind that it’s important to keep the items from moving about. If there any empty spaces, use wadded up newspaper to fill the gaps.
It’s only natural to get attached to one’s belongings. And yes, it takes a lot of time and energy to rid the home of all unnecessary and unused items. However, this is a golden opportunity to trash anything that you no longer need or use. Make sure to throw away, donate or sell all items that you don’t use anymore. The less you own before you move, the less you’ll have to pack. This will also translate into savings, as you’ll have to pay for fewer items to be transported.